Just got official confirmation of what The Dispatch reported earlier today: MLS Coach of the Year Sigi Schmid will not return as head coach of the Columbus Crew.

Here's the statement from General Manager Mark McCullers:

"Sigi Schmid has formally declined our last contract offer and will not be returning as head coach of the Columbus Crew. Sigi was the ideal person to turn around our competitive program and create a championship mentality within our club. As a result, we are well positioned moving forward and toward continued success. We respect his desire to seek the next challenge and wish him nothing but the best."